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89000076

Gonnos. Lot of 3 coins.

Triton XV, Lot: 76. Estimate $200.
Sold for $1200. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

Lot of 3 coins.

(76.1) THESSALY, Gonnos. Circa 350s BC . Æ Trichalkon (19mm, 6.77 g, 9h). Laureate and bearded head of Zeus r. / ΓΟΝΝ above, ΕΩΝ r. down, ram standing right. Rogers 224. VF, very dark green patina, minor flatness on both sides, rare.


(76.2) THESSALY, Gonnos. Circa 350s BC or later . Æ Dichalkon (19mm, 5.22 g, 4h). Head of nymph r. with her hair rolled up, she wears a triple-pendant earring / [Γ]ΟΝΝΕ above, ΩΝ in exergue, lion walking r. Rogers 226 corr. (same dies) [the letters below the ground line are omitted in Rogers but at least the Ν (and consequently also the Ω before it, as we are dealing with the same die) is present]. VF, dark green patina, rare.

One may assume that the lions were a threat to the sheep population at Gonnos and having one on the coins would be a useful reminder for the shepherds to watch out for them and at the same time an attempt to exorcise them.

(76.3) THESSALY, Gonnos. Circa 350s BC or later . Æ Dichalkon (18mm, 6.20 g, 12h). Head of nymph r. with her hair rolled up, she wears a triple-pendant earring / [Γ]ΟΝΝΕΟΝ above, lion walking r., its tongue protruding from its mouth. Rogers 226 var. [on our coin the ethnic above the lion is complete and the last but one letter is an omicron and not an omega]. Good VF, dark green patina with some red; the obverse a little off centre, rare.